Ivan Rakitic is hoping this Croatia team can go a step further after matching the country's heroes of 1998 by making it to the semi-finals of the World Cup.
Rakitic's Croatia take on Russian Federation this evening as both nations look to book their place in the final four of the World Cup.
Penalties were required and after Smolov's feeble Panenka attempt with the first effort was foiled by Subasic, parity was restored when Akinfeev got down to his left to keep out Mateo Kovacic's second attempt for Croatia.
If France makes the final, it will have had a much tougher road than Croatia with wins over Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium.
The game finished 2-2 after extra-time following a late equaliser by Russia's Mario Fernandes. Every match at this World Cup is like that.
Players of Croatia pose for a photo ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia on July 01, 2018.More news: England overcomes themselves to beat Colombia on penalties
And will goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, the shoot-out hero against Denmark and Russian Federation, be fully fit after appearing to injure his hamstring late in the game against Russian Federation?
"At that moment, I felt like I didn't understand anything about football", the midfielder said in an interview with El Pais.
"We were a little unlucky". So this means more than just a semi-final of the World Cup'.
Croatia will play England in the World Cup semifinals after Harry Kane's team beat Sweden 2-0 in the other quarterfinal on Saturday (NZT Sunday). Alan Dzagoev chipped the free kick towards goal and Fernandes was unmarked. Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic went into extra time with an apparent right leg injury he picked up in the 89thminute.
"We're giving our all".
"He watched. He was rooting for the team". We lost in a fair and great game. "They were dying on the pitch, we are proud with them", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying.